The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class earned the golden calipers by offering a vast assortment of powertrain options, muscular styling, and a gorgeous interior. The GL-Class comes in four different trim levels, all of which come standard with a seven-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. The “base” model is the GL350 Bluetec, which is powered by a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 that makes 240 hp and an impressive 455 lb-ft of torque. The GL350 boasts the best fuel economy of the GL range, with an EPA rating of 19/26 mpg city/highway. A step up the ladder is the GL450, which has a 4.7-liter twin-turbo V-8 under the hood that makes 362 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. The GL450 is rated at 14/19 mpg. The GL550 is also powered by a 4.7-liter twin-turbo V-8, but this version makes 429 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

The 2013 GLK450 is distinguished from other produts for its Design Advancement, Engineering Excellence, Efficiency, Safety, and Value in its segment. For 2013 the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is all-new. It’s got revised styling, updated powertrains, and a redesigned interior. Other things like interior materials and its infotainment system have been improved as well. Certain vehicles are made with specific markets in mind. The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is one of them — an expensive luxury SUV designed for the American and Nigerian market, built for the lovers of big cars.

Larger than international luxury SUVs like the Land Rover Range Rover but smaller than domestic models like the Cadillac Escalade, the GL-Class has been a hit for Mercedes-Benz both in the U.S and Europe, spawning several powertrain options and even a high-performance AMG trim. It’s the big papa of the Mercedes-Benz SUV lineup, slotting above the midsize ML-Class, which itself sits above the compact GLK-Class. The fourth SUV in the Benz lineup is the G-Class — a limited-production, ultra-expensive retro-wagon that is essentially a German Hummer.

Is the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class the perfect vehicle for Nigeria? It certainly is, and the fact that it’s built in Alabama, America only burnishes its patriotism. It has commanding presence, a great interior and it excels at transporting both people and payload.

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